New contracts for domestic workers to be enforced from October 1

A NEW contract for domestic workers will be enforced from October 1, it was announced. Under the revised rules, employers seeking to hire a housemaid will have to compulsorily declare, among other things, the nature of the job, working hours and weekly day off. Continue reading

New LMRA facility for businessmen

A NEW centre that will offer business owners key services at their doorstep is being launched by Bahrain’s labour watchdog.

The Distinguished Service Centre, to be officially inaugurated by the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) today, will provide facilities to employers right at their workplace, without the need for them to visit LMRA headquarters in Sanabis or any other branch. Continue reading

Flexible work permit launched

Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) launched the flexible work permit in a ceremony held at its Sitra branch yesterday.

The flexible work permit, issued for a period of two years, would enable an Individual to be his/her own sponsor. The permit holder would be free to work anywhere at his choice except in restaurants, salons and hotels, and would be entitled to service at all the Government health centres and hospitals. Continue reading

LMRA in new call to two-year-old boy’s parents

AUTHORITIES have pledged to not take legal action against the parents of a two-year-old boy, who was found in a busy suq on Wednesday night. They suspect the parents to be expatriates living illegally in Bahrain and have urged them to come forward to collect their son.

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New system in place to report cases of human trafficking

A NEW system to report human trafficking allegations has been launched in Bahrain.
The National Referral Mechanism for Victims of Trafficking in Persons involves training first responders to assess cases and help victims. Continue reading

More maternity leave ‘beneficial’

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EXTENDING maternity leave in Bahrain could actually increase the number of women in the workforce, according to a government official.She was responding to calls from trade unionists yesterday to increase the amount of time new mothers can take off work. Continue reading